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Hello All

I have been lurking on this forum for a while, and have asked a question which was very swiftly answered by several people, so I thought it was time I posted here in the introduction board.

My name is Tony, and I am a 46 year old Londoner working in a school just outside of London. I don't teach, but mainly run the school network as well as being responsible for the school timetable and daily cover arrangements (ensuring missing staff have their classes supervised).

My main passions are fine wine, motor sport (not F1) and winter sports. I try to get in two or three Ski holidays each year. Hence my lurking on this forum, I am visiting Wengen later this month.

I was lucky enough to first visit Switzerland back in 1979, when I had a family holiday in Merligen, on the Thunersee. I fell in love with Switzerland on that holiday, and it is still a hope that one day I may get to move out here on a more permanent basis, but in the mean time I will stick to my vacations and watching the Tour of Switzerland Cycling each year on the tv. It was much better this year on HD, despite all the rain

Anyway, enough about me for the time being.

Thanks to all who helped answer my earlier question.

Happy New Year everyone.
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Old 01.01.2011, 20:42
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Hello Tony W! Happy New Year to you too
Thank you for your lovely intro and may your dream become a reality!
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Old 01.01.2011, 21:11
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Welcome from a fellow Londoner. Shame you are not into F1 though.

Whereabouts in London are you from?
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Old 01.01.2011, 21:22
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Re: A new Londoner on the forum

Greetings from another Londoner .

Have a good ski holiday when you get here and all the best with turning your dream of moving to Switzerland into a reality.

Cheers!
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Old 01.01.2011, 21:27
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We will all sleep safer now you have stopped lurking. Yet another Londoner (Souf of the river) welcomes Tony the Tourist to the EF! And a happy New Year to you also.
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Re: A new Londoner on the forum

Thanks for the welcomes, I am amazed at how friendly everyone seems to be here on the boards.

I suspect, having looked round a fair bit, that I am going to find the answers to many little questions which have nagged me over the years, but which I had not thought important enough to ask outright.

@ kevlegs. I am actually from Bromley, which is in the SE of London, on the borders with Kent.
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Old 01.01.2011, 21:41
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Thanks for the welcomes, I am amazed at how friendly everyone seems to be here on the boards.

I suspect, having looked round a fair bit, that I am going to find the answers to many little questions which have nagged me over the years, but which I had not thought important enough to ask outright.

@ kevlegs. I am actually from Bromley, which is in the SE of London, on the borders with Kent.
Ah... I'm originally from New Eltham. Same neck of the woods then. Which school do you work at then?
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Aha, just up the road. I often pass through there when heading over to meet friends in Bexley. Small world.

If you don't mind, I will drop the school info in a PM. I preach online security to the staff and students, so guess I should follow a small part of that to some extent
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Blimey Tony & Kevlegs: my family have lived in Lee, London SE12 8UX since 1956, so near, yet so far! I went to Colfe's when it was still at Lewisham, left in 1961, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colfe's_School

We had Beardwood as a headmaster and had to wear the uniform. When we started using mopeds to get to school he was upset that his uniform cap rules were being broken, so he asked us to buy navy blue helmets and paint a golden ring on them!

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Blimey Tony & Kevlegs: my family have lived in Lee, London SE12 8UX since 1956, so near, yet so far! I went to Colfe's when it was still at Lewisham, left in 1961, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colfe's_School

We had Beardwood as a headmaster and had to wear the uniform. When we started using mopeds to get to school he was upset that his uniform cap rules were being broken, so he asked us to buy navy blue helmets and paint a golden ring on them!

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I went to Elthamm Green. Wasn't Colfe's a "posh" school??
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And I went to St Josephs in Blackheath, just up on Lee Terrace
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When I went to Colfe's it was a simple grammar school, but I had to pass an entrance exam. I had a rounded education in a world of specialisations, so not much advantage there. I learnt the proofs to the laws of physics and mathematics which were established hundreds of years ago, and of course my Latin came in handy when visiting the doctor. Shakespeare comes in handy at job interviews, and my German knowledge resulted in "Ich habe einen Flasche Wasserstoff" (I have a bottle of hydrogen).

When the Labour Government wanted changes to the grammar schools, Colfe's went independant and private: so today it is "posh" but not academically better. After Colfe's school I joined the RAF as a radar technician in the ranks, and received a worthwhile modern training

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And I went to St Josephs in Blackheath, just up on Lee Terrace
Did you know my cousin Alan Moore, born March 1949? (No, sorry: you are about 15 years younger.)
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Welcome and Happy New Year!

There are many social events here as well so check out the calendar....

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Did you know my cousin Alan Moore, born March 1949? (No, sorry: you are about 15 years younger.)
Sorry, sadly a bit before my time. I was born in 64.

However, my dad was born in 45 and he also attended the same school. I will try to remember to ask him next time I see him.
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